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Canadian University Football is coming to Global

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EDMONTON – For the first time ever, Global Television will be the official home of the Canada West Hardy Cup Playoffs.

In a statement, Phil Piazza, vice president of Global TV’s marketing and content acquisitions for said the company is proud to partner with the Canada West, Shaw and the N8 Group.

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“Canada is home to outstanding university-level sports and we’re proud to showcase that nationally through our broadcast of this season’s Hardy Cup playoffs on Global.”

Under the agreement, Global will broadcast one of two Hardy Cup Semi Finals and the 79th Hardy Cup Final on Saturday, November 14.

David Dube, the founding partner of the N8 Group, sees this partnership as a way to grow the sport.

“We are fortunate to have three willing and progressive partners in Shaw, Global Television, and Canada West who embrace the vision of enhancing the exposure to Canadians for CIS football.”

Shaw TV will once again broadcast weekly games throughout the season including this weekend’s season opener between the University of Alberta Golden Bears and Regina Rams (7 p.m. on Shaw TV, Shaw HD, Shaw Direct 299).

2015 Canada West Football Television Broadcast Schedule:

Friday, September 4 / Manitoba vs. Saskatchewan / 7:00PM CTFriday, September 4 / Alberta vs. Regina / 7:00PM CT (Edmonton only)Friday, September 11 / Calgary vs. Manitoba / 7:00PM CTThursday, September 17 / Alberta vs. Calgary / 8:00PM CTFriday, September 18 / Regina vs. Saskatchewan / 7:00PM CTSaturday, September 26 / Calgary vs. Regina / 4:00PM CT (Regina only)Saturday, October 3 / UBC vs. Alberta / 2:00PM CTFriday, October 16 / Calgary vs. Saskatchewan / 7:00PM CTSaturday, October 17 / Manitoba vs. Regina / 4:00PM CT (Regina only)Saturday, October 24 / Regina vs. Calgary / 2:00PM CTFriday, October 30 / Saskatchewan vs. Regina / 7:00PM CTSaturday, October 31 / Calgary vs. Alberta / 2:00PM CTSaturday, November 7 / Hardy Cup Semi-Final / TBD / Global TVSaturday, November 14 / 79th Hardy Cup / TBD / Global TV

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How a young Manitoba teen found her voice with the help of Variety

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WINNIPEG — Unlike some teenagers, fifteen-year-old Hailey Augustine can’t wait for the school year to begin.

But that might not have always have been the case.

At two years of age, Hailey was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is functionally non-verbal, but finds ways to communicate her immediate wants and needs more effectively than ever now after working with a special iPad.

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Four years ago the Augustine family connected with Variety, the Children’s Charity and that’s when the approved funding for her iPad went through.

At first the family wasn’t sure what type of electronic device would be best suited for Hailey and her needs, but the iPad came up as the clear front runner.

“They sent us right to the Apple store in Polo Park and we were taken care of very well there to help her out,” Kevin Augustine, Hailey’s father said.

Now, an expert in everything electronic, the communication gap between Hailey and her parents is beginning to close.

“She does have some words and she can communicate some things, and by having a picture there or video it just gives her that little bit of extra to help her come across to us what happened in her day.” Wendy Augustine, Hailey’s mom said.

Not only does the device help her relate to her family, but it’s helped bridge that gap between those that she’s not as comfortable with and that’s a comfort to Kevin and Wendy.

“Learners that are on that ASD spectrum have difficulties with expression so having a conversation may seem very scripted, and they’re not really sure where to go next. So using those photos and videos of things we’ve shared together is an excellent way to talk.” said Andrea Sward, Hailey’s student support teacher.

The iPad uses specially designed software and also helps the teen with math, spelling, as well as learning about life skills such as money.

Sward said she is going to miss the smiling, cheerful ways of one of her most prized students as she embarks on life in a new school.

“I know she’s off to high school this year and it’s hard for me to, to see her off because she’s such a big part of my everyday.” Sward said.

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1 dead, 2 wounded near California college campus, gunman being sought

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WATCH ABOVE: One person is dead and two others injured after a shooting at a college campus in Sacramento, California on Thursday. The search for the gunman continues. Danielle Nottingham has more.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Police hunted for a gunman Thursday night who opened fire at a Sacramento college parking lot, killing one student and wounding two others, officials said.

One victim was declared dead at the scene, another was taken to a hospital with injuries, and the third was only grazed by a bullet and was being questioned by investigators, said Dustin Poore of Los Rios police, who patrol Sacramento City College.

The shooting at about 4 p.m. near a baseball field at the edge of campus began as a verbal dispute between the group of men, one of whom pulled out a gun and fired, Poore said.

All three victims were students at the school, college spokesman Rick Brewer told the Sacramento Bee.

WATCH: A student who was at school during the incident reacts to what happened.

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It remains unclear whether the gunman has any ties to the school, and police have not given a motive, though Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman Traci Trapani told the Bee that the shooting was an “isolated incident” rather than an instance of the gunman seeking to shoot at students.

The suspect, wearing a white T-shirt and cargo shorts, ran from the scene and remained at large hours later.

The campus was locked down for about two hours before police officers had cleared all the buildings and allowed students and staff to leave, said Sacramento police Sgt. Doug Morse.

Evening classes were cancelled.

Police descended from all directions on campus shortly after the gunfire broke out, and students told to stay in their classrooms and lock the door were filled with fear.

“My stomach dropped,” student Lars Beesom told KCRA-TV. “It was definitely really, really scary, but we all stayed calm.

Beesom added, “It’s school. It’s supposed to be a good environment, and you don’t want to be scared here.”

Jackie Flores, 50, who lives across the street from the parking lot, said she heard four or five shots fired. “It all happened so fast,” she told the Sacramento Bee.

Classes were in session at the two-year college in central Sacramento with a student body of about 25,000. The fall semester began Aug. 22.

The corner of campus where the shooting occurred is surrounded by strip malls with chain restaurants on one side and a golf course on the other.

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Orca baby boom one for the record books

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After decades of decline, the Orca population off the Pacific Coast, known as Southern Resident Killer Whales, have something to celebrate.

Four things, to be specific.

“It is really exciting when we consider Southern Resident Killer Whales are endangered, and they do face many threats, so any birth is something to celebrate,” said Tessa Danelesko, a Vancouver Aquarium Whale Research.

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The three pods, known as J, K, and L, comprise the SRKW population. They’re among the most endangered orca populations in the world, have seen their population cut in half in the last 50 years – and until last winter, hadn’t produced any new orcas in three years.

But in total, four baby Orcas have been born to the pods in the last 12 months, raising the population of the SRKW population from 77 to 81.

READ MORE: A New Year’s Baby for endangered Southern Resident orcas

“We’re excited, but we’re also holding our breath,” says Danelesko.

One reason that they’re holding their breath? Approximately 50 per cent of orcas die within their first year – meaning it won’t be until the pods return to the coast, closer to next spring, that researchers will know if all survived.

“These calves aren’t there yet, we’re certainly holding our breath, but when we’re about at the first year mark we’ll slowly start to let it out,” says Danelesko.

WATCH: Michael Harris, with the Pacific Whale Watch Association, explains why it’s remarkable four newborn southern killer whales have survived for more than six months.

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Napalm survivor Kim Phuc says Syrian boy photo ‘can make a difference’

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VANCOUVER — It only took hours after first appearing online for the grim photograph of a lifeless body of 3-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi to become a symbol of the worst refugee crisis the world has seen in seven decades.

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The image of Alan’s tiny corpse, having drifted onto the beach near the Turkish resort of Bodrum, has drawn comparisons to another heartbreaking image that opened the world’s eyes to horrors of war and humanitarian crises.

READ MORE: Will this photo help people grasp the desperation of Syrian refugees?

Kim Phuc was just 9 years old when a young Vietnamese photographer, Nick Ut, captured a photo of her running to safety, naked, after South Vietnamese planes dropped Napalm on her village of Trang Bang — where it was believed the Viet Cong may have crept in.

The napalm, a flammable liquid that sticks to the skin, burned the clothes off Kim’s body and scorched the young girl’s skin — leaving her with scars she still bears over 43 years later.

Speaking to Global News Thursday evening, Phuc said seeing the image of Alan touched her heart.

“When I saw that picture, it [was] so sad, that children have to suffer any kind of circumstances [like that],” she said in a brief phone interview from her home in Ajax, Ont., before departing on a trip.

“Children are supposed to be happy and [in] good care of their family. They do not deserve to die like that.”

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The lifeless body of Alan Kurdi was found on a beach in Turkey, after the boat his family was trying to get to Greece in flipped over. His mother, Rehan, and 5-year-old brother Ghalib also drowned.

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She believes the photo of Alan could make a difference in how the world is viewing the refugee crisis, much like Ut’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of her is said to have influenced Americans’ opinions of the long-running war in Vietnam — during which more than 3 million North Vietnamese, 250,000 South Vietnamese and more than 58,000 Americans lost their lives.

READ MORE: ‘Napalm girl’ photographer returns to Vietnam, this time using AP’s Instagram

Forty years after the end of the Vietnam War and the fall of Saigon, the world is faced with a humanitarian crisis that hasn’t been seen since the Second World War.

According to the United Nations, more than 59.5 million people have been forced to leave their homes in 2014 due to conflict and the threat of persecution.

And one of the biggest contributors to that unprecedented statistic is the civil war in Syria and the brutality of ISIS. More than 4 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries while a further 7.6 million have been displaced internally. More than 310,000 people are estimated to have died since the civil war broke out in 2011.

Alan Kurdi is a victim of the refugee crisis brought on by the war. His family reportedly fled to Turkey from their home in Kobani, just over the Syria-Turkey border, three years ago — before deciding to make the risky attempt to reach European Union (EU) territory.

Alan, his 5-year-old brother Ghalib and his mother Rehan all drowned when the boat in which they were trying to reach the nearby Greek island of Kos flipped over in the Aegean Sea.

Abdullah’s sister in British Columbia, Tima Kurdi, hoped they would one day be able to come to Canada.

READ MORE: ‘They didn’t deserve to die’: aunt of Syrian boys who drowned off Turkey

Only the father, Abdullah, survived after struggling to save his family. Instead, their deaths add to the steadily rising death toll of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants dying while attempting to reach Europe by sea.

As of Sept. 1, the International Organization for Migration had logged 2,643 deaths in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas.

As EU leaders spar over how to cope with the more than 351,000 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants flowing into Europe from the Middle East and Africa, the photo has prompted calls for countries to resettle more people — in particular, those who have fled Syria.

READ MORE: Leaders disagree on action for Syrian refugees after seeing drowned boy photo

The Canadian government and the Conservative Party have been criticized for not acting fast enough to address the immediate need for refugee resettlement.

So far Canada has resettled 2,302 Syrian refugees — 1,300 to fulfill a commitment made in 2013 and 1,002 towards a January commitment to resettle 10,000 refugees over the next three years.

But NDP leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said Canada needs to let in more refugees — and much sooner — than the Conservatives’ have planned. Both Trudeau and Mulcair on Thursday referenced Canada’s acceptance of some 60,000 boat people from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos between 1979 and 1980.

Phuc and her husband also sought asylum in Canada in 1992, when the plane on which they were travelling to Moscow for their honeymoon stopped to refuel in Newfoundland.

Phuc later started the Kim Foundation, to help children affected by war and conflict, and is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace. She received a Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal and the Order of Ontario.

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